Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck: Is Bennifer back on? Reunion rumours spark noughties nostalgia | Ents & Arts News
Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she got, she’s still Jenny from the Block – and still got the same taste in boyfriends, if the rumours are to be believed.
Jennifer Lopez and her ex-fiance Ben Affleck have been papped together and are reportedly dating once again, some 17 years after their break-up, driving a frenzy of headlines and social media hysteria that would surely only be topped should Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston ever decide to reunite.
Back in the early 2000s, Lopez and Affleck were one of the hottest couples around; an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, they became known, obviously, as Bennifer, because what is a power couple without a portmanteau?
And unlike some celebrity couples, they weren’t shy about their romance, with Affleck even making an appearance in J Lo’s 2002 Jenny From The Block video, stroking her famous bum on a yacht, filling her car up with petrol, and wearing a nice white fluffy dressing gown on a balcony.
The video also featured references to the tabloids’ obsession with their romance, including a shot of the pair looking at a magazine featuring paparazzi photos of themselves.
Lopez and Affleck first met on the set of their romcom Gigli in about 2001, when Lopez was married to her second husband, dancer Chris Judd. Following their split, Lopez and Affleck announced their relationship and Bennifer was born.
They got engaged in 2002 and went on to star in another film, Jersey Girl, together. But shortly before they were due to marry in 2003, the wedding was postponed “due to the excessive media attention”.
Lopez confirmed their split at the beginning of 2004, and went on to marry her longtime friend Marc Anthony later that year. They welcomed twins, Emme and Max, in 2008, and separated in 2014. Meanwhile, Affleck went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005 and they went on to have three children, Violet Seraphina and Samuel, before divorcing in 2018.
Most recently, Lopez was engaged to baseball star Alex Rodriguez and Affleck had been dating actress Ana de Armas, but both relationships reportedly ended earlier in 2021. And now Lopez and Affleck have been photographed together after both appearing at Global Citizen’s Vax Live benefit concert, sparking the rumours and headlines.
The reports have seen Bennifer trending on Twitter. Because who doesn’t love a reunion?
Even Affleck’s friend and Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon has been asked about it, although he’s not giving anything away.
“There’s not enough liquor in the world for you to get me to say something about that,” the star laughed when questioned about the rumours in an interview with NBC Today.
According to reports in the US, the pair have been back in contact for a few months. While neither has confirmed the reunion, fans are hoping Bennifer is back on.
“Rumours got me laughing, kid,” J Lo famously sang in Jenny From The Block – but will these prove to be true?